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December 21, 2014
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REGION — It’s one week before Christmas and you might still need to get gifts for loved ones on your list. A great gift idea is to purchase local art from one of the many galleries in our area. Many galleries are exhibiting special holiday shows, and they won’t be on display for much longer. So not only will you be shopping, but you can also take this time to view the exhibits, support local art, and have a good time. Buying art is a special and one-of-a-kind gift that people will appreciate. It also supports local artists and gives money back to the community.

It was the last week in November, a few days before Thanksgiving, when I was driving in the pre-dawn darkness on a quiet road. A steady rain was ushering in a couple of days of unseasonably mild...

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We had a Christmas tree all picked out in August. A perfect little white pine conveniently located on the incline of the road bank on the old farm. There would be no trudging through snow or...

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Quick! Name a bunch of famous silent film comedy stars! Charlie Chaplin, check… Buster Keaton, of course… You remembered Harold Lloyd? Good for you!

How about Roscoe Arbuckle?

Roscoe...

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I haven’t exactly been grumpy, but I wasn’t feeling the spirit move me either, until I got the Bah! Humbug! knocked out of me over the last week as I dashed through the snow, careening through the...

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I’ve heard it said that we have the concept of “time” so everything doesn’t happen all at once. Well that’s a handy explanation, especially for anglers without advanced degrees in physics. As far...

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Community chorus presents winter concert

WOODBOURNE, NY — The Sullivan County Community Chorus will perform its 38th annual winter concert on Sunday, December 14 at 2 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 6317 Route 42. The chorus, under the direction of Kevin Giroux with accompanist Keira Weyant, will present “If It Ain’t Baroque” with music written by composers Antonio Vivaldi, Salomone Rossi, George Frideric Handel, and Johann Sebastian Bach. There will be Hannukah songs as well as choruses and chorales from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio performed with a chamber orchestra.  Read more

Concert at St. John

HONESDALE, PA — The St. John the Evangelist Church Choir will present its annual Christmas concert at St. John the Evangelist Church, 150 Terrace St., on Sunday, December 14, at 2 p.m. This year the choir offers a special program of favorite carols and songs selected from Christmas concerts spanning more than 25 years under the direction of John Propeack.  Read more

Candlelight vigil to memorialize the homeless

MILFORD, PA — Pike County Hands of Hope (PCHOH) will hold a candlelight vigil to honor those who have lost their lives to homelessness and to pray about the issue of homelessness in Pike County on Sunday, December 21. PCHOH hopes to raise awareness of the reality of homeless in our communities with this event, which will begin at the steps of the Pike County Courthouse at 6 p.m. on the longest night of the year. The program, lasting from 6 to 7 p.m., will include testimonials, prayer and a call to action for the community on behalf of individuals and families affected by homelessness.  Read more

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ at SCDW

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop continues its 2014 season with a family-friendly production of “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” which runs during the holiday season from December 12 to 14, at the Sullivan County Cultural Center (formerly the Sullivan County Museum), 265 Main St. in Hurleyville.  Read more

Rick Drew Holiday Parade

PORT JERVIS, NY — The 43rd annual Rick Drew Holiday Parade, sponsored by the Tri-State Chamber of Commerce, will be held on Sunday, December 14. The line-up on Canal Street begins at 1 p.m. and the parade begins at 2 p.m., continuing on Pike Street, over the Port/Matamoras Bridge down Pennsylvania Avenue and ends at the Matamoras Firehouse in Airport Park. After the parade, Santa will visit, there will be a trophy ceremony, and hot chocolate and donuts for everyone.  Read more

Santa to visit Jeffersonville

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Santa Claus and his elves are coming to town to visit with area children in the lobby of Jeff Bank’s flagship branch in Jeffersonville on Saturday, December 13, from 12:30 to 3:30 pm. Children can have their photos taken with Santa and enjoy cookies (donated by Peck’s Market), hot chocolate and Christmas activities. A donation of $4 is suggested but not required. The proceeds will be given to the local food pantry. This event is sponsored by the Jeffersonville Area Chamber of Commerce (JACC) and Jeff Bank. Photos will be taken by Daphne Muzuruk, a Sullivan West senior.  Read more

String ensemble in Port

PORT JERVIS, NY — The NY-NJ-PA tri-state community welcomes back the the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra String Ensemble for a winter concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 13 (snow date December 14) at the historic Deerpark Reformed Church, 30 East Main St.

Traditional and all-time favorite seasonal music will be performed in this holiday-decorated church. A reception of homemade cookies, coffee and tea will follow. This concert is sponsored by Port Jervis Council for the Arts.  Read more

ARTery hosts PCAC show

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery will host the 64th annual Pike County Arts and Crafts (PCAC) Exhibit from December 11 to February 8, with a reception on Saturday, December 13 from 4 to 8 p.m. Holiday shopper will find handmade crafts including jewelry, pottery, textiles, wood craft, cards, prints and lots of original paintings and photography.  Read more

Buggy rides at the farmers’ market

CALLICOON, NY — The Callicoon Farmers’ Market this Sunday, December 14, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will include some special holiday features. There will be horse and buggy rides, a local artisan holiday craft market and a jazz brunch with the Kazzrie Jaxen Jazz Quartet. As always, there will be plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as heirloom botanicals, local dairy products and farm-fresh meats, baked goods and jams, local wines and more.

Christmas cookie walk in Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — St. Paul’s Lutheran Church will hold a Christmas cookie walk on Saturday, December 13 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. (snow date December 14). The church is located at 31 Erie Ave. Hand-crafted, homemade Christmas cookies will be displayed on tables inside the church parish hall where you can walk around and place your choices in a container. Cookies are available by the pound, so you can mix them up to your liking, or you can select an already gift-wrapped assortment ready to go. Proceeds will go toward the work of St. Paul’s at home and around the world.  Read more

“We Have Our Savior” in Damascus

DAMASCUS, PA — The Damascus United Methodist Charge Cantata Choir will present two performances of “We Have Our Savior” at the Damascus United Methodist Church, located on Route 371 next to the Damascus school. The first performance will be on Sunday, December 14 at 3 p.m. with a snow date of Sunday, January 4 at 3 p.m. A free-will offering will be received in memory of Kristina and Cindy Adams and presented to Victims’ Intervention Program. The second will be a Christmas Eve performance beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

Sharing the feast

NARROWSBURG, NY – At 11:50 a.m., the crowd gathering in the cold rain outside St. Paul’s Church parish hall is talkative, upbeat, and hungry. The doors to Katie’s Café, a free community meal program, open at 12 noon, but the wet weather and the guests’ unbridled enthusiasm guarantee early admission. In they come, trying to guess the menu from the aromas that greet them.  Read more

Wish list

Christmas is a time for connecting with what we truly value, made tangible in our gatherings with family and friends, our nostalgia for holidays past and the renewal of hope for the future. As we enjoy this brief vacation from everyday cynicism, I confess that I am shamelessly susceptible to classic holiday movies, those sentimental cultural touchstones with their timeless themes of family, community, faith and doubt, usually framed in the emotional journeys of beloved characters who desperately need to change their lives.  Read more

Feeder season

On Thanksgiving Day, while most of us in the Upper Delaware River Valley enjoyed feasting in warm homes with family and friends, regional wildlife were suddenly faced with greater challenges than usual in finding adequate food. Thanks to an impressive amount of dense snow that quickly covered much of the available natural food sources, our avian neighbors resorted to pecking their way along the edges of cleared roadways, gathering up bits of seed, gravel and sips of melted snow.  Read more

Wedding Update Part 3: The Blur

It’s four a.m. on the Monday before the wedding and it’s still dark out. We leave the house bound for Mexico with five huge suitcases packed to the brim and a wedding dress in a white garment bag so large it could have housed a body. There are a few members of the wedding party traveling with Emily and me and we are all equally bleary eyed.  Read more

Rising gypsy jazz stars at the Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — On Saturday, December 6 at 8 p.m., the gypsy jazz band Rhythm Future Quartet will perform in the underground theater of the Hawley Silk Mill. The quartet features Jason Anick on violin, Olli Soikkeli and Vinny Raniolo on guitars, and Greg Loughman on bass. Over the years, they have individually performed alongside notable musicians like John Jorgenson, Frank Vignola, Tommy Emmanuel, Bucky Pizzarelli, Andreas Öberg and Howard Alden and have finally joined forces to form this special group.  Read more

World premiere of African drumming and dance in Monticello

MONTICELLO, NY — Master drummer and musician Bernard Woma will perform a world premiere entitled, “Tome Na” at the Eugene D. Nesin Theatre on St. John Street on Sunday, December 7 at 3 p.m. “Tome Na” is translated as “our work, our profession.” It says that if it is our work or profession to be farmers, teachers, or musicians, we should be sure to do it well. Woma will be joined by the Saakumu Dance Troupe along with over 90 local Nesin Cultural Arts students as they perform songs and dances from Africa.  Read more

Woodloch Pines and 12 Days of Giving

HAWLEY, PA — The holiday season is always festive at Woodloch Resort, an award-winning family resort in the Pocono Mountains. To its holiday traditions including yule log hunts and carriage rides, the team at Woodloch Pines has added a new one: The 12 Days of Giving. “The goal of the 12 Days of Giving effort is to celebrate the true spirit of the holiday season with the hopes that others will catch the spirit and choose to participate alongside us or create their own ‘giving’ efforts to spread the spirit,” said John Kiesendahl, owner and CEO of Woodloch Pines.  Read more

‘The Wonder in My Youth’

“That Wonder in My Youth,” by Veronica Bassil (Kindle edition at Amazon.com). The Catskill Art Society will present local author Veronica Bassil for a reading of her new book “That Wonder in My Youth” and a talk on self-publishing at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St., Livingston Manor, NY on Saturday, December 7 at 2 p.m. In addition to the reading, Bassil will answer questions, and discuss the merits and challenges of self-publishing in the e-book format.  Read more

‘The Hollow Ground’

“The Hollow Ground,” by Natalie Harnett (Thomas Dunne Books; $24.99). Harnett lives in Hawley, PA, and her novel is inspired by the real-life deadly coal mine fires in now-infamous Centralia, PA. It is 1961, and the ground is burning beneath 11-year-old Brigid Howley’s feet. The underground mine fires ravaging Pennsylvania coal country have forced Brigid and her family to seek refuge with her estranged grandparents, the formidable Gram and the Black Lung-stricken Gramp.  Read more

Wed., Nov. 12 Open mic night at The Cooperage
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Thu., Nov. 13 Fall Foliage Mixer
Sat., Nov. 15 Fall square dance